St. Joseph Parish

Springfield, Illinois


Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday: 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m.
Sunday: 10:30 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Thu, Jan 24th, @7:00am
Thu, Jan 24th, @5:15pm
Holy Hour of Adoration
Thu, Jan 24th, @6:30pm
Choir Rehearsal
Sat, Jan 26th, @3:15pm
Sat, Jan 26th, @4:30pm
Mass Coordinator Print E-mail


What is the significance of this ministry to our parish?

If any public event or celebration is to have meaning, careful "behind-the-scenes" preparation is necessary. Our parish liturgy is no exception! It is a very important and public event, the heart of our parish life. Our liturgy proclaims who we are, and provides the foundation for our growing and working together as a family of faith.

Imagine that you are hosting a dinner party in your home. Consider all the preparations and special care taken to assure that your guests have a memorable experience. There is much work to be done days, maybe even weeks, before your guests arrive. A menu must be decided upon, food must be purchased, and the meal itself must be prepared. On the day of the party, well before your guests arrive, care is taken to tidy your home, to set the table and to make sure that everything is "just right." Once your guests have arrived, you give them your undivided attention and extend your very best effort to make them feel welcome. Your goal is to ensure a joyful celebration for all.

The dinner party at which we Catholics are the most "at home" and comfortable is the celebration of the Lord's Supper. It is at Sunday Mass that we find our true identity and are most able to be our real selves. When we gather to celebrate the Lord's Supper, we give praise and thanksgiving to God and are nourished at the table of the Lord. Yet in order for the liturgy to have its full effect and for the faithful to be enriched by it, Sunday Mass must be celebrated well. The ministry of the Mass Coordinator is essential to good liturgical celebration. This ministry is a work of integration and coordination, of giving attention to all God's holy people gathered for liturgy and to the things they need for their prayer. In a sense, this "behind-the-scenes" minister is a sort of "linchpin" for liturgy, gathering and holding together various elements for the benefit of the assembly's liturgical celebration. This minister assures all the faithful enjoy a reverent and joyful celebration.

What are the duties and responsibilities of a Mass Coordinator?

The primary work of this ministry is to serve the presider (priest) and the assembly (those who gather to celebrate) by enhancing the readiness of our parish community to celebrate liturgy, most notably, Sunday Mass. This minister serves "behind the scenes" on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings before each Mass to assure that all the items needed for the day's liturgy are in place, that the appropriate ministers are present, know their roles and are ready to serve. This minister makes sure that everything required for the celebration of special rites or rituals during the Mass is in place before Mass begins. This minister is available to the presider to attend to any special details or last minute preparations.

Regular tasks include the following:

Before the liturgy:

  • assure that the gifts/credence tables are prepared;

  • assure that the appropriate liturgical books are in place and set to the first reading;

  • check that all liturgical ministers are present (including communion ministers, altar servers, lectors and gift bearers) and understand their roles;

  • find replacement ministers to serve if necessary;

  • consult with the presider regarding special preparations.

After the celebration:

  • assure that all liturgical objects, vessels and books are put away or readied for the next liturgy;

  • assure that the assembly's monetary offerings are locked up or stored in a secure place;

  • tidy the worship space as needed in preparation for the next liturgy.

Training will be provided to all new Mass Coordinators.

Are there any special requirements to serve?

Ministers may be of any age and either gender provided they have sufficient maturity and the ability to perform and enjoy the required tasks. A capable minister is one who:

  • appreciates the liturgy, understands the value of good liturgy and is committed to it;

  • has a good understanding of the liturgical year and an awareness of the general requirements of the various types of liturgical celebrations;

  • is familiar with the sacristy and knows where the various objects and books are located;

  • desires to serve the community of faith and is willing and able to invest the time required to serve in this capacity;

  • can communicate and work well with others;

  • is able to lead and direct others;

  • is energetic, self-directed and able to solve problems;

  • is reliable, trustworthy, dedicated and able to follow through with commitments.

  • is able to arrive at church approximately 20-30 minutes before Mass, and remain about 15 minutes after Mass.

How often does a minister serve?

Typically a minister serves during one or two liturgies per month, depending on the liturgical season and the nature of the liturgies celebrated.

Whom should I call if I have questions?

You may call the parish office during the day (544-7426) or Karen Siciliano evenings and weekends (787-9561).

Diocese of Springfield